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Wheel and come again

PLAYERS in the local music industry are being encouraged to formalise themselves and take advantage of global business opportunities facilitated by JAMPRO, the government’s investment and promotions agency. Renee Robinson, film commissioner and manager of Film, Animation and Music at JAMPRO, said there are a number of initiatives being spearheaded by that agency which can...

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The Mighty Diamonds are forever

The Jamaica Observer c ontinues its ‘Reggae 50’ feature on people, organisations, and events that have made an impact on reggae over the past 50 years. A writer once compared The Mighty Diamonds to American soul group, The Stylistics. He said I Need A Roof, their classic 1975 song, loses nothing to the honey-dripping R&B...

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Silk Legend aims for lasting career

Silk Legend is hoping for a lasting music career and believes the old policy of ‘hard work pays off’ will help him achieve that. “With each new release, I’m getting one step closer to achieving my goal. I plan to keep making better songs as my career grows. I don’t want to blow up overnight...

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Sanchez & Friends set for March 30

ST Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) Alumni Association is hoping that the second staging of Sanchez & Friends slated for the Chinese Benevolent Association in Kingston on Saturday, March 30, will bring better fortune. “We broke even with the last show and we’re hoping this year to make some money,” Sybil Jones, president of STATHS...

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Yardie making the rounds

Yardie , which marks actor Idris Elba’s directorial debut, is in its second week at local cinemas. The film, which opened last Wednesday, is now playing at Carib 5 in Kingston. According to reports, Yardie has been seen by mixed audiences in Kingston and Montego Bay. Marketing manager at Palace Amusement Company, Melanie Graham, said...

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Professor Kwame Dawes honoured with Windham-Campbell Prize

Professor Kwame Dawes is one of two Jamaicans among the eight recipients of this year’s prestigious Windham-Campbell Prizes. The literary award recognises writers from across the globe for their outstanding work in fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. It was a clean sweep in the poetry category as Dawes and his fellow countryman, Ishion Hutchinson, won...

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IRAWMA returns to Jamaica for Reggae 50

For its 37th anniversary, the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) returns to Jamaica for the fourth time. Heralded as a global event with a pan-African fanbase, it has been held in New York, Chicago, and Trinidad and Tobago. The awards’ conceptualiser, Ephraim Martin, said the location is fitting as it is the birthplace...

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